620 million Africans live without electricity – AfDB

Living without electricity.

Living without electricity.

28 April 2015, Abuja – Nearly 60 percent of Africans have no access to reliable energy and over 620 million people live without the benefits of an electricity connection, according to highlights of an African Development Bank (AfDB) report expected to be released today.

The report titled ‘The Development Effectiveness Review on Energy’ is the fourth themed edition of the publication since the reports were initiated in 2011.

Directors of the AfDB’s Quality Assurance and Results and the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Departments, Simon Mizrahi and Alex Rugamba, respectively, will launch the report at the bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Highlights of the DER say that businesses and households that do have a connection often find that the electricity supply is both expensive and unreliable.

It noted that as economic development and high population growth nurture demand, 30 African countries now face regular power shortages.”
*Daniel Adugbo – Daily Trust

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